UNITED NATIONS, April 26 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said here Tuesday that his special envoy to Libya, Abdelilah Al-Khatib, will travel to Benghazi, the stronghold of Libyan rebels, on Friday.
"The continuing imperative is to protect civilians," Ban told reporters at the end of the UN Security Council closed-door consultations and he added that the humanitarian situation is " growing increasingly urgent."
"Diplomatic efforts focus on securing a ceasefire and achieving a political solution," he said. "On Friday, my special envoy, Mr. Al-Khatib, will travel once again to Benghazi."
Benghazi, a city of more than one million people, is the stronghold for rebels in the east of Libya.
Earlier this month, Al-Khatib held talks in the embattled North African country with both rebels and the government of Muammar Gaddafi.
"It is also clear that the Libyan regime has lost both legitimacy and credibility, particularly in terms of protecting its people and addressing their legitimate aspirations for change, " Ban told reporters.
"The Libyan people want to determine their own political future -- they must be given the chance to do so," he said.
He also said that over the past weekend, the United Nations established a humanitarian presence in Tripoli similar to the one in Benghazi.